Mr Roger Calow

Senior Research Fellow, Sustainable Environments and Societies Programme, Overseas Development Institute, UK

Roger has over 25 years’ experience in applied research in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, focussing on service delivery, irrigation, water resources management and climate change. Prior to joining ODI in 2008, Roger worked for the British Geological Survey (BGS) where he remains an Honorary Research Associate. Roger has a detailed knowledge of water resource management, service delivery and water and poverty issues in developing countries, and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Cardno Acil Australia, DFID, the FAO and UNESCO. He is an author of several books and numerous journal articles, and has given invited presentations at the Royal Society in London, and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and California. Countries of work experience include Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, China, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Palestine.


Dr. Amod Dixit

General Secretary, National Society for Earthquake Technology, Nepal

Amod has a Doctorate of Engineering from Ehime University, Japan. He has 46 years of professional experience that covers 20 years as a Senior Geologist with the Department of Mines and Geology of the Government of Nepal, as the Director of a private engineering consultancy for 10 years, and 25 years as the Executive Director of NSET, a civil society organization, which he founded in 1994. Amod has taught courses in Engineering Geology and Disaster Risk Management in Tribhuvan and Kathmandu universities of Nepal; was a Visiting Professor at the Ehime University of Japan, and recently returned from China where he was a Visiting Scholar with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since May 2019. Earlier, he sat as a member of the Scientific and Governing Board(s) of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). Currently, he chairs the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) of 50 civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Preparedness (DP) in 20 countries of Asia and the Pacific. Amod has received several national and international recognitions.  Under his leadership, NSET received the Sasakawa Award (Letter of Merit) from UNISDR in 2004. He has published more than 100 scientific reports, book chapters, and papers.


Prof. Roger Few

Professorial Research Fellow, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Roger has 25 years’ experience working on the connections between risk, environment and development in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. His expertise is particularly on risk and recovery related to natural hazards, but he has also worked on health risk and epidemics, and more recently on complex emergencies. In his time in UEA, he has led or co-led around 30 collaborative projects funded by a wide range of academic funders and international agencies, including UKRI/GCRF, IDRC, EU, DFID, USAID, DANIDA, and UNDP. Recent consortium-scale projects have included the NERC-funded STREVA project (2012-2018) on volcanic risks in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the IDRC-funded ASSAR project (2014-2018) on vulnerability and response to climatic risks in semi-arid lands, with a regional focus including the rangelands of southern Afar in Ethiopia.